Mike Roe Digital News Producer/Blogger

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Mike Roe is a Web producer for Southern California Public Radio and lead writer for pop culture blog Without A Net. Mike joined KPCC in November 2007 after working for KCTS public television in Seattle.

Roe began his broadcast career at his high school radio station KMIH in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, and interned in commercial radio.

He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

When he's not covering the waterfront for KPCC, Mike writes and performs with several improv and sketch comedy groups. He's graduated from both the improv and sketch comedy programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He also hosts the Geek Pilgrims podcast and serves on the board of his church.


Stories by Mike Roe

Kevin Smith skips traditional theatrical release for horror thriller 'Red State'

I've been intrigued for a while at the innovative distribution model cult movie director Kevin Smith has been using to promote his latest film, horror flick "Red State."

Dodgers file for bankruptcy

The Dodgers have filed for bankruptcy protection in Delaware – a move that keeps the team from being seized by Major League Baseball.

'Green Lantern' media blitz: Onion parody, Muppets movie trailer, NASA finds Green Lantern planet and more

"Green Lantern" is permeating pop culture as the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the DC Comics character comes out. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of "Green Lantern" ephemera.

Anti-Janice Hahn Web ad denounced as 'sexist' by Democrats and Republicans

A new ad attacking Los Angeles city councilwoman Democrat Janice Hahn, who's running to replace Jane Harman in a special election in the 36th Congressional District, has been denounced by both Hahn and her Republican opponent, Craig Huey. The Hahn campaign announced today that it plans to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Republican rival Craig Huey's campaign.

Virtual tours of British things - Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, Wembley Stadium...

The United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper launched a series of interactive panoramas of major British landmarks last week. They're not at the Google Street View level of being able to move through the space, but you can zoom in and out and pan in all directions.

Google Guitar: Homepage logo celebrates Les Paul while letting you play guitar

Google traditionally produces what they call "Doodles" to celebrate different historical dates, transforming the Google logo into everything from a Charlie Chaplin tribute video to a playable Pac-Man game.

New Batman film 'The Dark Knight Rises' begins social media viral campaign

The folks behind the last Batman film, "The Dark Knight," conducted an extensive viral marketing campaign to promote the movie. They're back at it in the hype leading to the final part of the trilogy being released next year, "The Dark Knight Rises.

LAPD Chief Beck on early leak of Giants fan beating suspect's photo: 'The media's relentless in LA'

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck spoke with KPCC's Patt Morrison about the suspect in the beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, as well as the continuing investigation.

Playing with Google Music Beta

The hot new thing online recently has been cloud music players. For those not in the know, this essentially means being able to listen to music you own over the Internet.

Book I'll be reading this fall: The Office's Mindy Kaling's 'Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?'

"The Office" took an interesting approach when they started: populating the office with behind-the-scenes staffers. One of those was Mindy Kaling, who was a writer on the show and plays Kelly Kapoor.

Surprisingly Great: Fast Five - No, really

I'm not a movie snob. I'll go see a wacky comedy or the big new superhero action flick. However, this weekend I encountered something that befuddled my expectations: Fast Five.

New Music: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' & David Bazan's 'Strange Negotiations'

On this morning's Madeleine Brand Show, NPR music critic Ann Powers talked about new albums from Lady Gaga and David Bazan.

Gay marriage play series includes 'On Facebook'

The idea for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright's short play "On Facebook" came from reading conversations about gay marriage on the world's most popular social network. His piece is part of a group of short works, “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays.”

Remembering Randy 'Macho Man' Savage after his death following a heart attack and car wreck

Randy "Macho Man" Savage died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack while driving and crashing his car. As KPCC's resident pro wrestling fan, here are some of my thoughts.

Existential quote from freshman Republican on how much power representatives actually have

When someone gets elected to Congress, how much power do they actually have? Not much, according to Tea Party-supported Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold.